Selecting The Right Toothpaste

Regarding selection of toothpaste, different people have different choices. Some people select toothpaste that their family uses from years while some people choose according to their budget. Many people believe in changing their toothpaste more often for taste and flavor. Only a few percentages of people in the world select the right kind of toothpaste by considering the importance of Preventive Dentistry. Brushing teeth twice in a day using the right toothpaste is equally important as other factors such as proper hygiene habits, good nutritious diet, and regular visit to a dentist for overall dental health.


Know about your Toothpaste

  • Toothpastes are available in different forms such as paste, gels or powder with a few different ingredients.
  • You will find flavoring in mostly all toothpastes which is artificial sweeteners such as saccharin to add flavor. Some kind of flavors includes mint, bubble gum, lemon-lime, cinnamon, etc.
  • Toothpaste contains abrasive agents which are scratchy material useful to remove bacteria, plaque, stains and food from the teeth. The abrasive agents comprise silicates and calcium carbonate.
  • Seaweeds, gum and synthetic cellulose use in toothpaste for good texture and a uniform appearance.
  • To build resistance against tooth decay, fluoride is used to strengthen it.
  • For moisture retention, humectant such as glycerol is used in gel or paste to prevent it from drying.
  • Detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate are used to make toothpaste foamy.

It is also said that in teeth cleaning, the way you clean teeth using a proper toothbrush plays a major role than the use of toothpaste.

Types of Toothpastes

Fluoride Toothpaste – Fluoride is an essential ingredient in toothpaste. It is a mineral available in water and other forms. It reduces cavities and tooth decay. It helps in preventing teeth and strengthens the tooth enamel. There are many areas in which fluoride is available in natural form in water. It is beneficial to use fluoride toothpaste for adults for good health of teeth. Use of fluoride based toothpaste is also endorsed by WHO (World Health Organization) for the oral health.

Sensitive Toothpastes – People who have sensitive teeth means they feel irritated while eating cold or hot foods or drinks, sensitive toothpastes gives them relief. It contains potassium nitrate that helps in relive pain for a few weeks. Such toothpastes block sensitive root through teeth attached to nerves to diminish tooth sensitivity. There are different brands of toothpastes available in the market with different sensitivity levels.

Tartar Control Toothpaste – Such toothpaste contains fluoride and useful for people having tartar problems. The layer of bacteria on teeth is known as plaque. It gets hardens and if not removed then it converts in tartar. It builds up on teeth under the gums and becomes hard to remove which may cause gum disease. It can remove by professional dental cleaning and not only by brushing. Tartar control toothpaste helps to control forming tartar as well as cavities. Toothpastes that comprise multiple anti-plaque agents are considered as the best for preventive oral care.

Kids Toothpaste – For selecting toothpaste for children, lower fluoridated concentration toothpaste becomes more beneficial. For kids, it is essential to take care while brushing their teeth because many children swallow toothpaste that may cause fluorosis. Fluorosis makes staining and demineralization of tooth bone and enamel. Fluoride toothpaste of adults becomes harmful for children if they have a tendency to swallow daily. Hence, for children under age of six years, it is advisable to check for fluoride concentration in toothpaste rather than opting for sweet flavored or attractive packing.

Whitening Toothpaste – Such toothpaste helps in whitening teeth and brightens smiles. It helps in removing teeth’s stain and make teeth brighter. Many teeth whitening toothpastes contain harsh abrasive to remove stain initially but at a later stage it makes the yellow appearance of teeth.

Tips for Selecting The Right One

  • Select ADA approved toothpaste. ADA approved toothpastes are helpful as toothpaste with the ADA seal contain fluoride and have been verified for effectiveness and safety essential for preventive dental care.
  • Be aware about some toothpaste that contains toxic substances.
  • If you have any periodontal problems, select toothpaste as prescribed by your dentist only.

Select the quality toothpaste as a prudent step towards Preventive dental care rather than giving preference to taste and flavor.

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Dental Fillings

Why live with painful and unsightly cavities when you can have them filled by our dentists in a painless procedure!
In order to repair a cavity, the decayed portion of your tooth will be removed by your dentist. The portion of the tooth occupied by the decayed material will then be filled. Fillings are utilised to repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or that have cavities.

What Are The Steps For Filling Teeth?
Initially, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the area that surrounds the tooth. Novocaine is normally used. Then, a drill, laser, or air abrasion will be utilised to remove the area that is decayed. The type of instrument that is used will depend on the preference and training of your dentist, along with the extent and location of the tooth decay.

Your dentist will then test and probe the area of decay to ensure that all decayed material has been removed. After the removal of the decay, the space to be occupied by the filling will be cleaned so that all debris and bacteria are removed. If the area of the decay is close to the root, a liner constructed of a composite resin, glass ionomer or other type of material may be used in order to provide protection to the nerve. After the insertion of the filling, it will be finished and polished.

Additional steps are needed for fillings that are tooth-coloured. Subsequent to the removal of decay and cleaning of the area, the material that is tooth-coloured will be applied in layers. A specially designed light that hardens or cures each layer is used. After the completion of the multi-layering procedure, the composite material will be shaped by your dentist, excess material will be trimmed, and it will be polished.

Filling Materials Used
There are several types of filling materials that are currently available. Teeth may be filled with porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, or tooth-coloured composite resins. Silver amalgam is comprised of mercury with tin, silver, copper, and zinc mixed with it. The extent and location of the cavity, expense of filling material, insurance coverage of the patient, and the recommendation of the dentist will determine the kind of filling material that will best suit your needs

Gold Fillings

  • Extremely durable – will usually last for the life of the patient. Will not corrode.
  • Strength – Can withstand almost any chewing forces
  • Aesthetics – Some people prefer the look of gold to sliver amalgam


  • Expense – more costly than other types of material. Can be 10 X more costly than amalgam
  • Multiple Office Visits – requires a minimum of two visits
  • Aesthetics – some patients don’t like its appearance

Silver Amalgam Fillings

  • Durability – Normally lasts longer than composites. Normally lasts ten to fifteen years or more.
  • Strength – able to withstand all chewing forces
  • Expense – costs less than gold or composite fillings


  • Generally poor aesthetics – natural colour of teeth is not matched
  • Requires more space – A portion of the tooth that is healthy must be removed, at times, to provide a large enough area for the amalgam filling.
  • Discolouration – a hue that is greyish may be imparted to the adjacent tooth structure
  • Fractures and Cracks – All teeth expand and contract with temperature changes, which can cause cracking. However, amalgam materials may expand and contract to a greater extent than other materials, leading to an increased incidence of fractures and cracks.
  • Allergies – approximately 1% of patients have allergies to the mercury that is in silver amalgam

Composite Fillings – Tooth Coloured

  • Aesthetics – composites can be closely matched to the colour of the patient’s teeth. They are particularly useful for teeth that are visible
  • Bonding – composite fillings will bond chemically with a tooth and provide structural support to the tooth
  • Versatile – can also be utilised in the repair of broken, worn, or chipped teeth
  • Space requirement – at times less tooth material is needed to be removed in comparison to silver amalgam fillings when preparing a space for this filling.


  • Reduced durability – Composite fillings do not last as long as amalgams or gold. In addition, they often don’t hold up as well under the pressure of use, particularly if they are used to fill large cavities.
  • Takes Longer – due to the process needed to fill a tooth with composite materials, it takes longer in the dentists chair to place them.
  • More than one visit – if composites are being used for onlays or inlays, it may require more than one office visit
  • Chipping – composite materials are more likely to chip than amalgams
  • Cost – composite filling may cost twice as much as amalgam fillings

Additional Filling Materials
In addition to composite resins that are tooth coloured, there are two other types of tooth-coloured fillings. Glass ionomer and ceramics.

Glass Ionomer
This material is constructed of a specific type of glass and acrylic. It is commonly utilised on fillings that are beneath the gum line and for young children. This material releases fluoride, which may protect a tooth from additional decay. Nevertheless, glass ionomer is not as strong as composite resin and more prone to fracture and wear. It normally lasts for five years or less and the expense is similar to composites.

Usually constructed of porcelain. Ceramics are stain resistant, compared to composites, but are more abrasive. Ceramics are very durable, and usually last for 15 years or more, but, they are costly, and the expense can be similar to gold.

Porcelain Crown & Veneers

Rejuvenate Your Smile with Porcelain Crown and Veneers from Monash Dental Group
Remember; beautiful and aesthetically appealing cosmetic dentistry is not a matter of chance; it demands an experienced clinician who is sensitive to your unique needs and an expert dental ceramist who leverages the art and science of dentistry to deliver optimal results. At Monash Dental Group, we boast an expert team of experienced cosmetic dentists, who have extensive experience in fitting patients with porcelain veneers and crowns. Our first-class porcelain veneers and crowns are highly effective for your unique functional and cosmetic needs.

At Monash Dental Group, our products are expertly crafted to compliment your age, gender, expectations, and facial features. We leverage the expertise of the best dental ceramists to guarantee that the veneers and crowns are of premium quality, resilient, and possess excellent craftsmanship. We work diligently to provide you with a top-quality product that beautifully compliments your face, while simultaneously restoring the function and aesthetics of your natural teeth.

Porcelain Veneers
Typically, porcelain veneers are a form of thin laminates of chinaware that are securely bonded to the surface of the tooth. For diverse dental problems, it is one of the most aesthetically appealing means of enhancing your smile. Veneers are one of the most popular treatments for restoration of chips, spaces, fractures, unshapely and discoloured teeth, or misaligned and rotated teeth. They deliver an unmatched cosmetic makeover that allows alteration of shape, position, size, and the colour of your teeth. Monash Dental Group boasts experienced cosmetic dentists who deliver exceptional results with porcelain veneers. We feature:

  • Dramatic yet aesthetically beautiful and natural cosmetic dental enhancement
  • Durable, high quality, and permanent
  • Enhanced self esteem

The procedure typically requires two appointments. At first, the tooth is prepared for minimal reduction to make enough space for the porcelain veneer. A mould of the tooth is taken for fabrication, which takes approximately 2 weeks. In the next visit, the permanent veneer is bonded in place.

Crowns are a rigid and strong cap that restores the tooth to its natural function and anatomic contours, as well as protects the underlying tooth. In certain conditions, where veneers are not possible, crowns are a suitable option. Some of the scenarios in which crowns may be used include tooth fractures, large restorations, functionally compromised teeth, history of root canal therapy, and acute damage due to decay. There are a wide range of choices available in crowns and bridges.

Dental crown procedures take just two appointments, depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. First, the tooth is prepared for reduction and an impression is taken for fabrication. A temporary, plastic crown in fitted while the mould is being fabricated. In the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is secured permanently into position. The fabrication procedure may take time depending on the type of crown.

Monash Dental Group is an expert in crowns and veneers, delivering matchless quality and desired results. The key benefits are:

  • Extensive protection and support to the compromised or damaged teeth
  • Natural and aesthetically enhanced appearance
  • Restoration of full functions and a confident smile

Contact the professionals at Monash Dental Group for more details on porcelain veneers and crowns. We guarantee excellent quality and fantastic results in a cost-effective manner.